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UN tells Myanmar Govt. to prevent discrimination of IDPs


Naypyidaw : The United Nations has asked the Government of Myanmar look into the matter of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) as also its treatment of Muslim minorities.

Reportedly a high- ranking UN official who had toured IDPcamps in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states spoke about his heartbreaking experiences.

Myanmar Times has reported that the Director of Operations for the Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), John Ging, stressed that the welfare of these groups cannot be forgotten when the country is transforming actively on the economic and political fronts.

Ging met with the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State and around 5000 ethnic Rakhines who remain displaced after communal violence in 2012 in which more than 150 people were killed.

UNOCHA noted that camp inhibitors still faced extreme restriction on movements and were denied access to hospitals.

While hailing the government for making progress in improving the living conditions for some, Ging highlighted that temporary shelters were in state of collapse and terrible sanitation conditions.

Ging appealed Myanmar government to end discriminatory policies.

Over 100,000 people remain displaced by conflict in Kachin and Shan states despite ceasefire signed last year.

Many are living in temporary camps.

Ging pressed that the country and international community must work together to resettling the displaced.

The National League for Democracy (NDL) who will soon form the government in the country has remained largely silent on the issue of displaced Muslim Rohingya.(ANI)

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